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ICYMI in April: here’s what happened in G Suite

You might’ve seen the news. Gmail got a makeover.

Gmail’s new user interface was designed to help businesses accomplish more, in less time, from one spot. New tools like confidential mode can help you protect sensitive information in emails by setting up expiration dates or even revoking messages (the beauty of working in the cloud). We also added even more AI-powered features to help employees stay focused on work that requires more critical thinking and less time on repetitive tasks. Read more.


The new Gmail is available for businesses in an Early Adopter Program (EAP) and can be turned on in the Admin Console. Learn more.
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Speaking of managing your inbox, there’s nothing worse than when you accidentally send an email to the wrong person (or click “send” before you finish typing). Gmail has your back.

When you push send on a message, a notification pops up in the bottom right corner of your inbox and gives you the option to select “Undo.” It looks like this:

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Click undo!


You also have the option to decide how long you have to un-send a message. Go to Settings > General > scroll down to “Undo Send.” Choose from 5, 10, 20 or 30 seconds. Learn more.
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→ Think macro and skip minutiae. Now you can record macros in Google Sheets—no code required.

Hangouts Meet is available in six additional countries: Dominican Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia and Luxembourg. You can also call U.S. or Canadian phone numbers for free.

→ New security protections in Chrome help employees avoid phishing attacks. Learn more.

Google Drive will share new prompts to help make sure you’re passing along files to the right people. Now if you try to send a file to someone without access, Drive will flag the name of the person and their email address to show you the access they need. These prompts also work for Team Drives.
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→ We’ve made it easier for you to embed Slides directly into Docs. And the best part is any changes you make to a slide will automatically reflect in your Doc.


Check out a full recap of all product updates in April (PDF version). See you next month.

ICYMI in March: here’s what happened in G Suite

Just like that, another month down.

In March, we announced a slew of security updates to Google Cloud, including enhancements to G Suite. In a nutshell, G Suite companies can now use advanced configurations to help fend off phishing scams. These updates will continue to help businesses block (ph)ishy activity, like if an untrusted sender tries to share encrypted attachments or if someone tries to trick you by sending information from a domain that looks like yours.

With these protections in place, more than 99.9 percent of Business Email Compromise (BEC) scenarios—when someone impersonates an executive to get sensitive information—are automatically moved to spam or flagged to users as shifty. Sorry, Charlie.

We also automatically enabled basic device management for mobile devices that access G Suite. Now IT admins can better enforce pass codes, erase confidential data for Android and iOS devices with selective account wipe and more without users needing to install profiles. Lastly, we added IRM controls to Team Drives to prevent folks from printing, downloading or copying files they shouldn’t have access to.


Many of these protections are default-on, which means you don’t have to do a thing. Read up here, or get started using the security center for G Suite.
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This one is so simple. Did you know that you can make a copy of a Google Doc or Sheet with a quick URL change? In the URL of your document, delete the information before the final backslash. In this case, change “edit” to “copy.” Done!

And since security should always be top of mind, brush up on how to manage your share settings in Docs or other apps on our Help Center.

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→Most of us track down files in Google Drive by searching for the name of the person who shared a file with us. Because of this, Drive is going to start intelligently organizing the “Shared with Me” section by listing names and the files that people have shared with you, so you can track down files faster.

→ Two-step verification is an easy and effective way to protect G Suite users, which is why we recommend that businesses use security keys. Moving forward, all G Suite admins—not just G Suite Business admins—will be able to manage the deployment of security keys and view usage reports. Learn more.

→ Now your jams in Jamboard will automatically save to Drive.

Source: Google Cloud


ICYMI in February: here’s what happened in G Suite

While we all tuned in to see who would win gold at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, our teams multitasked and brought new updates to G Suite. Here’s a look at what happened in February (and okay, a final list of Olympic winners, too.).

We announced even more intelligent, connected tools

We can’t say it enough. To stay competitive, your business can’t afford to rely on decades-old legacy systems. SaaS tools—ahem, G Suite—make it easier for you to align teams, make decisions faster and to skip repetitive, manual tasks. And even better: you can do it all from one place.

This month, we highlighted new, intelligent updates in G Suite to help teams accomplish more: Hangouts Chat is available, Calendar will use artificial intelligence (AI) to suggest the best conference room for you and Quick Access in Docs will intelligently suggest files to help you build out more useful materials like it does in Drive.

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Now that Chat is available, you can start using it with your team to move projects forward. First thing’s first. Set up your notifications.

Go to the cog wheel at the top right of your Chat screen (chat.google.com) and select “Notification settings” to specify when and where you receive notifications on web and mobile. Choose the down arrows and select the option that’s right for you. In that same window, you can also decide whether you want to be notified by email. Once you’ve picked your preferred settings, click “ok.”

Here are more tips on how to use Chat.

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→ It’s now possible to comment on Microsoft Office files stored in Google Drive, just like you do in Docs. Comment, assign tasks or mention coworkers on Office files, PDFs and images within the Drive preview pane. Dive straight into collaborating with clients or coworkers in real-time, no matter the file.

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→ We’re making it easier for developers to create more engaging email experiences for their users using Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)—stuff like RSVPing to events, scheduling appointments or filling out questionnaires directly in email. Developers can sign up here for preview access.

→ Jamboard is coming to the European Union next month. Welcome to the Jam-fam, Republic of Ireland, The Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, France, Spain and Finland.

→ Speaking of jamming, we also added AI-powered AutoDraw to Jamboard. This new drawing tool auto-detects what you sketch in Jamboard and pairs it with suggested images. Great for creative teams or students (or if drawing isn’t your best talent).

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→ Now you can email coworkers within Team Drives. Click the drop-down menu next to your Team Drives name and select “Email members.” Don’t worry, it’s easy to customize who gets your email and who can access what files. Learn more.


Here’s a full list of product news (PDF version). See you next month.

ICYMI in January: here’s what happened in G Suite

We’re teeing off a monthly series to help you keep up with G Suite news. Here’s what happened in January.

We introduced the security center for G Suite

Organizations are constantly dealing with security incidents, but with the right tools, IT professionals can focus more on long-term prevention and less on tactical firefighting. This month, we announced the security center for G Suite to help.

The security center is a central place for IT administrators to see important security analytics, like usage, as well as insights to help them take action quicker, like if files are shared externally. It also shares best practices from Google on how to improve cyber-safety. G Suite enterprise customers can access a bird’s eye view of their organization’s security all from within the Admin console. Get started.

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While we’re on the topic of security, enabling and encouraging second-factor (2SV) authentication can help protect your accounts if passwords are compromised. Learn how to easily enable 2SV and enforce its use across your organization.

Looking for more security tips? Here’s some guidance to help secure company information in the Admin console and these tips are handy for preventing phishing attempts.

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Jamboard is a core service within G Suite. Welcome to the family!

→ Now you can use Hangouts Meet on Android and iOS tablets, and dial in from nine new countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Romania, Switzerland and Turkey. This brings the total to 24 countries where Meet is available, with more to come. Learn more.

→ We’ve made it easier to search for information within a specific folder in Google Drive. Now you can right click on a folder title in your Drive and select “Search within [title of folder].” Type terms into the search bar and track down your files faster. Here are some more tricks to help you save time searching.

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→ Everyone should have a “say” in team collaboration, which is why we’re continuously improving our products to be more accessible. This month, we’ve added Braille support in Sheets and a way to magnify your screen in Slides. Check out a full list of accessibility features.

Until next time.

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ICYMI in January: here’s what happened in G Suite

We’re teeing off a monthly series to help you keep up with G Suite news. Here’s what happened in January.

We introduced the security center for G Suite

Organizations are constantly dealing with security incidents, but with the right tools, IT professionals can focus more on long-term prevention and less on tactical firefighting. This month, we announced the security center for G Suite to help.

The security center is a central place for IT administrators to see important security analytics, like usage, as well as insights to help them take action quicker, like if files are shared externally. It also shares best practices from Google on how to improve cyber-safety. G Suite enterprise customers can access a bird’s eye view of their organization’s security all from within the Admin console. Get started.

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While we’re on the topic of security, enabling and encouraging second-factor (2SV) authentication can help protect your accounts if passwords are compromised. Learn how to easily enable 2SV and enforce its use across your organization.

Looking for more security tips? Here’s some guidance to help secure company information in the Admin console and these tips are handy for preventing phishing attempts.

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Jamboard is a core service within G Suite. Welcome to the family!

→ Now you can use Hangouts Meet on Android and iOS tablets, and dial in from nine new countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Romania, Switzerland and Turkey. This brings the total to 24 countries where Meet is available, with more to come. Learn more.

→ We’ve made it easier to search for information within a specific folder in Google Drive. Now you can right click on a folder title in your Drive and select “Search within [title of folder].” Type terms into the search bar and track down your files faster. Here are some more tricks to help you save time searching.

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→ Everyone should have a “say” in team collaboration, which is why we’re continuously improving our products to be more accessible. This month, we’ve added Braille support in Sheets and a way to magnify your screen in Slides. Check out a full list of accessibility features.

Until next time.

Source: Google Cloud


An easy formula: 5 reasons to use Google Sheets

Import, export, email. Do it again. When it comes to data analysis, it’s easy to fall into routine. But no matter how much of a whiz you are at formulas or pivot tables, superb spreadsheet skills only take you so far if you’re working with multiple versions or outdated datasets.

On average, employees spend up to eight hours each week—an entire work day—searching for and consolidating information. What if businesses spent their time applying data insights instead of tracking them down?

We designed cloud-based tools, like Google Sheets, to make it easier to quickly organize and analyze information in one place. Here are five reasons why you should try using Sheets.

1. Your data always stays up to date.

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Working in the cloud means your data can easily stay up to date because information is automatically saved as it’s typed. Multiple team members can collaborate in real-time from their phone, tablet or computer (online and offline) and create a single source of truth for projects, like quarterly budgets.

Need personalization? No problem. You can look at the same data as your coworkers without disrupting their viewsort information to be in a specific order or hide sheets that you don’t need to see. If you’re worried about others mucking up your data, you can protect cells by setting custom share settings. Plus, you don’t have to worry about version control. You can see changes or revert to previous versions in File > Version History or by clicking on “All Changes Saved in Drive” at the top of your Sheet.

2. You can use Google’s artificial intelligence to speed up analysis.

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Powered by Google’s machine intelligence, Sheets does a lot of the heavy lifting for you when it comes to data analysis. You can ask a question about your data and Sheets will return an answer using natural language processing. Sheets also builds chartssuggests formulas and creates pivot tables for you.

Data gurus who want to take analysis a step further can sync Sheets to BigQuery to analyze information against large data sets. Check out this example or this example.

3. You can help keep your data secure.  

We built security features across G Suite to help you manage your most sensitive business information. Sheets is no exception.

Clicking “Share” in the upper righthand corner of your Sheet determines access settings for individual team members, so you stay in control of who can view, edit or comment on your documents. Additional IRM (Information Rights Management) controls allow you to easily disable options to download, copy or print spreadsheets, and you can set expiration dates if you need to suspend access to confidential information. Admins also have the power to restrict file sharing within an organization or to whitelist domains.

4. You can work the way you’re used to working.

We get it—you need tools that won’t interrupt work processes (especially if you’ve used those processes forever). That’s why we’ve baked in functionality that teams are used to using.

  • Let’s start with functions. You can use hundreds of functions that you’re used to working with, like VLOOKUP, SUMIFS and IPMT. We’ve also created unique-to-Sheets functions to help you crunch numbers in new ways, like: FILTER to quickly organize a spreadsheet according to an input, QUERY to pull specific results out of a central dataset or GOOGLEFINANCE to source data directly from Google Finance. Outside of functions, can also create pivot tables to analyze your data (or let Sheets do it for you.).
  • What about organization? Color cells using Conditional Formatting, create drop-down lists with Data Validation or freeze headers at the top of your sheet, to make your data presentation-friendly. Once your data is organized, you can visualize it in pie charts, bar charts, line charts—charts galore.
  • Editing on the fly. Sheets is available online and offline—and on desktop web browsers, and Android and iOS apps—which means your teams don’t have to stop working during business travel or when Wi-Fi is down.

5. You can automate processes.

When information is in one place, it’s easier to automate processes. Let’s say you need to order supplies for your office. Instead of emailing back-and-forth to coordinate purchases you can use G Suite apps instead.

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For example, say you’re an inventory manager at a retail company and you gather supply requests from your teams using Google Forms. You can import the Form responses into a Sheet  to keep a record of needs. If your Sheet is synced to Gmail with a script, it can send emails to relevant parties about requests automatically, so they can see and approve requests in one spot—the Sheet. Poof! No more unnecessary email clutter.

There are a ton of ways you can automate mundane tasks or speed up workflows. Check out how The New York Times used the Sheets API to report congressional votes quickly.

Let data drive your business decisions. Learn how you can access insights using Sheets or visit the G Suite Learning Center for specific product tips.

Reflecting on 2017: a year in review for G Suite

Before we get into the swing of the new year—which is sure to bring new projects, new teammates and new challenges—let’s take a moment to reflect on highlights from 2017.

Here’s a look at what happened in G Suite last year.

1. Bringing you the power of Google’s artificial intelligence.

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Technology continues to change the way we work. This year, we further integrated Google’s artificial intelligence into G Suite so that you can accomplish more in less time. Using machine learning, Gmail suggests email responses. Sheets builds charts, creates pivot tables and suggests formulas. And you can also ask questions in full sentences and get instant answers in Sheets and Cloud Search (in addition to Docs and Slides) thanks to natural language processing.

2. Helping businesses secure their data.

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Protecting sensitive data and assets is a constant challenge that businesses face. Now, using contextual intelligence, Gmail can warn you if you’re responding to someone outside of your company domain. We also extended DLP to Google Drive to make it easier to secure sensitive data and control sharing. Google Vault for Drive helps surface information to support legal and compliance requirements. And we made it easier for you to manage which third-party apps can access your G Suite data.

Check out the G Suite website for more information on how you can transform your business to be security-first (or, try passing along these tips to help prevent phishing attempts).

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3. Going all in on meetings.

We spend a lot of time on conference calls—for some, 30 percent of their day is spent in meetings—but meetings don’t often reflect how we actually like to work together. To help teams transform how they collaborate, we created a new Hangouts experience for the enterprise, designed cost-effective hardware built for the meeting room, reimagined the traditional whiteboard and introduced an intelligent communication app. Plus, Google Calendar got a makeover and you can use it on your iPad now.

4. Providing enterprise-grade solutions for collaboration and storage.

Large enterprises are often drowning in files—files that represent a company’s collective knowledge. Every strategic plan, brainstorm or financial plan is an opportunity to learn more about your business, which is why you need tools to find, organize, understand and act on that knowledge.

For years, we’ve been working to ensure that Google Drive meets enterprise needs and last year Google was recognized by Gartner as a Leader in the July 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Content Collaboration Platforms. We were also recognized by Forrester as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: for Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS) -  Cloud Solutions, Q4 2017 report, which published in December.

5. Building tools for marketing and sales organizations, even more integrations.

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We built tools to help marketing and sales organizations create their best work and collaborate effectively, even with other tools that teams rely on. We launched Jamboard, announced a strategic partnership with Salesforce, opened up Gmail to your favorite business apps and integrated Hire with G Suite.

These are just some of the ways we’re helping businesses transform the way they work everyday. We’re excited to see what 2018 has to offer.


Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Reflecting on 2017: a year in review for G Suite

Before we get into the swing of the new year—which is sure to bring new projects, new teammates and new challenges—let’s take a moment to reflect on highlights from 2017.

Here’s a look at what happened in G Suite last year.

1. Bringing you the power of Google’s artificial intelligence.

Smart Reply GIF

Technology continues to change the way we work. This year, we further integrated Google’s artificial intelligence into G Suite so that you can accomplish more in less time. Using machine learning, Gmail suggests email responses. Sheets builds charts, creates pivot tables and suggests formulas. And you can also ask questions in full sentences and get instant answers in Sheets and Cloud Search (in addition to Docs and Slides) thanks to natural language processing.

2. Helping businesses secure their data.

OAuth

Protecting sensitive data and assets is a constant challenge that businesses face. Now, using contextual intelligence, Gmail can warn you if you’re responding to someone outside of your company domain. We also extended DLP to Google Drive to make it easier to secure sensitive data and control sharing. Google Vault for Drive helps surface information to support legal and compliance requirements. And we made it easier for you to manage which third-party apps can access your G Suite data.

Check out the G Suite website for more information on how you can transform your business to be security-first (or, try passing along these tips to help prevent phishing attempts).

Hangouts

3. Going all in on meetings.

We spend a lot of time on conference calls—for some, 30 percent of their day is spent in meetings—but meetings don’t often reflect how we actually like to work together. To help teams transform how they collaborate, we created a new Hangouts experience for the enterprise, designed cost-effective hardware built for the meeting room, reimagined the traditional whiteboard and introduced an intelligent communication app. Plus, Google Calendar got a makeover and you can use it on your iPad now.

4. Providing enterprise-grade solutions for collaboration and storage.

Large enterprises are often drowning in files—files that represent a company’s collective knowledge. Every strategic plan, brainstorm or financial plan is an opportunity to learn more about your business, which is why you need tools to find, organize, understand and act on that knowledge.

For years, we’ve been working to ensure that Google Drive meets enterprise needs and last year Google was recognized by Gartner as a Leader in the July 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Content Collaboration Platforms. We were also recognized by Forrester as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: for Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS) -  Cloud Solutions, Q4 2017 report, which published in December.

5. Building tools for marketing and sales organizations, even more integrations.

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We built tools to help marketing and sales organizations create their best work and collaborate effectively, even with other tools that teams rely on. We launched Jamboard, announced a strategic partnership with Salesforce, opened up Gmail to your favorite business apps and integrated Hire with G Suite.

These are just some of the ways we’re helping businesses transform the way they work everyday. We’re excited to see what 2018 has to offer.


Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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Save that thought: How Instrument uses Jamboard to capture and share ideas

We all brainstorm differently. As Avi Couillard, a Senior Strategist at the digital agency Instrument, puts it: “Some people need to noodle on an idea, some need to converse with their team about it, and some need to visit it on their own terms.” For agencies like Instrument, inspiration can strike at any place and time. 

Instrument’s creative team has been using Jamboard for 10 months as a part of early testing cycles to facilitate brainstorms and execute on big ideas for clients, including Google. Along the way, the team has noticed an interesting shift in their creative process.

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We interviewed members of Instrument’s creative team to tell us about this shift, and how Jamboard has changed their team’s approach to brainstorming.

Brainstorming before and after Jamboard

For Avi and his colleagues at Instrument, brainstorms looked different last year. “It used to be one person with bad handwriting, translating whiteboard notes into a spreadsheet,” says Avi. His colleague, UX Illustrator Sheri Smith, jokes: “That handwriting was usually mine.”

They’d leave meetings with a ton of ideas that were then assigned to other designers, illustrators or animators to interpret. “It was time-consuming and the process sometimes diluted creativity,” says Avi.

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Now, instead of deciphering half-formulated ideas after the fact, Sheri visualizes concepts right away by sketching them on Jamboard as they’re mentioned. Avi and Sheri also bring remote colleagues into a brainstorm session. Other designers or programmers can join meetings via Hangout within the Jamboard, have PDF versions of work sent to them, or view “jams” from their phone, tablet or computer and rev on a concept right away.

Jamboard helps us focus more on the ideas, and less on translating creative direction to different teams. Avi Couillard
Senior Strategist, Instrument

“Jamboard helps us focus more on the ideas, and less on translating or assigning creative direction to different teams,” says Avi. His team is able to keep working on ideas after meetings wrap, too. “Because ideas from ‘jams’ are saved in Drive, they’re captured in their original form for everyone on the team. This provides the whole team with access so they can keep adding to them to make them better.” Once the work is complete, the team adds the final output into a Slides presentation to share with internal teams or clients to review.

Ideas from everywhere, everyone

With Jamboard, more team members are involved in the creative process earlier, including those who may not be viewed as traditional “creatives.” Says Andrew Barden, Senior Producer: “Jamboard democratizes brainstorms. Sometimes it’s easy to think ‘oh, I’m not a creative,’ but that’s not true. Ideas come from everywhere, and being able to iterate early in the process helps you produce your best work.”

Jamboard democratizes brainstorms. Ideas come from everywhere, and being able to iterate early in the process helps you produce your best work. Andrew Barden
Senior Producer, Instrument

Jamboard can also impact how organizations present work. Instead of a “grand unveil” of a polished product, other business units or your clients become broader extensions of your creative team. If you involve more team members in the thinking early on, they’re more likely to be invested in the end result. “Using Jamboard, I’ve had to get more comfortable with sharing my rough sketches or unfinished work to clients early on,” says Sheri. “But they like that. It’s like if you buy a painting that you watched someone paint. That’s more valuable to you than buying it off the shelf.”

It’s like if you buy a painting that you watched someone paint. That’s more valuable to you than buying it off the shelf. Sheri Smith
UX Illustrator, Instrument

Learn more about how your organization can get started with Jamboard.

Source: Drive


Save that thought: How Instrument uses Jamboard to capture and share ideas

We all brainstorm differently. As Avi Couillard, a Senior Strategist at the digital agency Instrument, puts it: “Some people need to noodle on an idea, some need to converse with their team about it, and some need to visit it on their own terms.” For agencies like Instrument, inspiration can strike at any place and time. 

Instrument’s creative team has been using Jamboard for 10 months as a part of early testing cycles to facilitate brainstorms and execute on big ideas for clients, including Google. Along the way, the team has noticed an interesting shift in their creative process.

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We interviewed members of Instrument’s creative team to tell us about this shift, and how Jamboard has changed their team’s approach to brainstorming.

Brainstorming before and after Jamboard

For Avi and his colleagues at Instrument, brainstorms looked different last year. “It used to be one person with bad handwriting, translating whiteboard notes into a spreadsheet,” says Avi. His colleague, UX Illustrator Sheri Smith, jokes: “That handwriting was usually mine.”

They’d leave meetings with a ton of ideas that were then assigned to other designers, illustrators or animators to interpret. “It was time-consuming and the process sometimes diluted creativity,” says Avi.

Jamboard and Instrument team

Now, instead of deciphering half-formulated ideas after the fact, Sheri visualizes concepts right away by sketching them on Jamboard as they’re mentioned. Avi and Sheri also bring remote colleagues into a brainstorm session. Other designers or programmers can join meetings via Hangout within the Jamboard, have PDF versions of work sent to them, or view “jams” from their phone, tablet or computer and rev on a concept right away.

Jamboard helps us focus more on the ideas, and less on translating creative direction to different teams. Avi Couillard
Senior Strategist, Instrument

“Jamboard helps us focus more on the ideas, and less on translating or assigning creative direction to different teams,” says Avi. His team is able to keep working on ideas after meetings wrap, too. “Because ideas from ‘jams’ are saved in Drive, they’re captured in their original form for everyone on the team. This provides the whole team with access so they can keep adding to them to make them better.” Once the work is complete, the team adds the final output into a Slides presentation to share with internal teams or clients to review.

Ideas from everywhere, everyone

With Jamboard, more team members are involved in the creative process earlier, including those who may not be viewed as traditional “creatives.” Says Andrew Barden, Senior Producer: “Jamboard democratizes brainstorms. Sometimes it’s easy to think ‘oh, I’m not a creative,’ but that’s not true. Ideas come from everywhere, and being able to iterate early in the process helps you produce your best work.”

Jamboard democratizes brainstorms. Ideas come from everywhere, and being able to iterate early in the process helps you produce your best work. Andrew Barden
Senior Producer, Instrument

Jamboard can also impact how organizations present work. Instead of a “grand unveil” of a polished product, other business units or your clients become broader extensions of your creative team. If you involve more team members in the thinking early on, they’re more likely to be invested in the end result. “Using Jamboard, I’ve had to get more comfortable with sharing my rough sketches or unfinished work to clients early on,” says Sheri. “But they like that. It’s like if you buy a painting that you watched someone paint. That’s more valuable to you than buying it off the shelf.”

It’s like if you buy a painting that you watched someone paint. That’s more valuable to you than buying it off the shelf. Sheri Smith
UX Illustrator, Instrument

Learn more about how your organization can get started with Jamboard.

Source: Drive